EFF counts down to Sona

The party vows to disrupt Sona unless Zuma schedules a session to answer questions on Nkandla.

EFF Leader Julius Malema with the party's leadership. Picture:Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have ramped up their "pay back the money" campaign against President Jacob Zuma by launching a countdown clock on the party's website to the State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Zuma will deliver his speech in Parliament next Thursday.

Julius Malema's party has vowed to disrupt proceedings unless a special sitting of the National Assembly is scheduled for Zuma to answer questions about the upgrades to his private home at Nkandla.

The EFF is literally counting down to President Jacob Zuma's address next week.

The party wants the president to tell Members of Parliament (MPS) when he intends paying back part of the money spent on his Nkandla home, as recommended by the Public Protector.

But Zuma is only scheduled to answer questions in Parliament in March.

Malema has also threatened to appear nude in the National Assembly if EFF members are barred from wearing their signature red overalls, gumboots and maids' uniforms.

It follows efforts by Parliament to toughen regulations on the dress code for MPs.

The Nkandla upgrades came under heavy criticism in a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in March last year, but Zuma has always maintained he did nothing wrong.

Madonsela's report said Zuma had "benefited unduly" from some of the upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, and should pay back some of the costs of the unnecessary renovations.